13 juillet 2014

I Was So Right About Distraction in Now You See it: Darn it all!

http://www.hastac.org/files/imagecache/homepage_50/pictures/picture-79-873560aec16bee4b69793f2fa0fbd715.jpgBy Cathy Davidson. In Now You See It, I make the point that there is no real, solid, replicatable evidence that one technology makes you "dumber" or more "distracted" intrinsically than another. Blaming "the Internet" or "social media" for contemporary distraction falls into a typical pattern of one genereration blaming any new technology for supposed ills, including supposed shortcomings of the younger generation (who seem to adopt new technologies and adapt to them much more easily than do their parents). More...

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Are Universities Going the Way of Record Labels?

By . If you spent the 1990s plucking songs from a stack of cassettes to make the perfect mixtape, you probably welcomed innovations of the next decade that served your favorite albums up as individual songs, often for free. The internet’s power to unbundle content sparked a rapid transformation of the music industry, which today generates just over half of the $14 billion it did in 2000—and it’s doing the same thing to higher education. More...

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Restructuring of higher education speeds up after DU imbroglio

The Economic TimesBy Urmi A Goswami. The Delhi University undergraduate imbroglio appears to have speeded up the government's decision to restructure the higher education regulatory set up. In a reply to a written question in the Rajya Sabha, Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani said that the government was considering setting up a high level of committee of experts to suggest a comprehensive restructuring and revamping of the higher education regulator, University Grants Commission. More...

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US ideas have a disproportionate influence on business schools

By David Collinson. Desire to publish in top, US-based journals has a homogenising effect on research. The changing nature of research evaluation in UK higher education is creating perverse and damaging consequences. UK higher education research is increasingly characterised by “McDonaldised” audit cultures that reduce complex issues of quality to quantified assessment measures. More...

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Higher degree graduates face battle in job market

人民网Graduates with higher degrees in China are feeling the pinch in the job market as competitors with lower education levels rise on par and catch up as magnets for employers.
The situation came to the fore following publication of the latest statistics this week showing that by the end of June 2014, vocational school graduates reported the highest employment rate in east China's Jiangxi Province, standing at 82.7 percent.
Bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. graduates in the province had employment rates of 80.25 percent, 69.48 percent and 73.5 percent respectively. More...

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Number of foreign teachers at Finnish universities on the rise

The share of foreigners of the teaching and research staff employed by Finnish universities has increased from roughly 10 to 20 per cent over the past few years. Today, Finnish universities provide employment to approximately 3,000 foreign teachers and researchers, roughly 1,000 more than in 2010. Internationalisation is one of the factors considered when granting funding to universities. More...

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A new era for higher education in Brazil

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Danilo de Melo Costa. In Brazil, higher education is perceived as the means to social mobility. But most Brazilian families cannot afford to send their children to private institutions, which have more enrolment capacity than their public counterparts. As a result, people asked the government to develop mechanisms to increase access to public higher education institutions and-or create scholarships to private institutions. Read more...

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MOOC dropouts – What we learn from students who leave

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Sherif Halawa. Over the past few decades, online learning platforms have been well known for the richer types of learner interaction data they bring to the researcher's table than face-to-face instruction. Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, bring two additional dimensions: scale and learner diversity. Read more...

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Should doctoral mobility be more structured?

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Thomas Ekman Jørgensen. Doctoral education has been receiving increasing political attention over the last 10 years, and international mobility of doctoral candidates is an important part of the discussions.
In terms of training doctoral candidates, international mobility enhances their skills as researchers by expanding their networks and giving access to a larger research community. Read more...

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Which problems could MOOCs solve, and how?

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Diana Laurillard. The phenomenon of the massive open online course – MOOC – has made more people aware of what online learning might do for a much larger group of students than higher education currently serves.
There has been a lot of speculation about what they might mean for the future of education, universities and learning. Some of it is wild and wrongheaded. We need a more critical understanding of what MOOCs are actually achieving and what more they could do to address the really important educational challenges our institutions face. Read more...

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